It is a good romantic comedy. I liked it very much but when I found out that it was based on Peter Mayle's book, A Year in Provence, I was taken aback. There is nothing of the book in the movie, except perhaps the beauty of Provence and the main character's love of wine. The book is funny. Peter Mayle is sort of like an elegant Bill Bryson. Both are masters in the art of laughing at their own foreignness. This movie, to the contrary, is a romantic comedy with beautiful, fundamentally unfunny actors placed in beautiful, fundamentally unfunny situations.
If you are in the mood for a light and beautiful romantic comedy, try this one. This interpretation of the age old story of beauty and the beast is a departure for both Crowe and Cotillard.